Tommy Walsh and David Moran paired for Kerry trip to Tipperary

Kerry are back from holidays in every sense. 
Tommy Walsh and David Moran paired for Kerry trip to Tipperary

Having fielded a mix of juniors and Under 21s in the McGrath Cup defeat last Sunday, the senior squad’s return from a team vacation in Miami has enabled manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice to field a more recognisable 15 for the trip to Tipperary tomorrow.

Though Kerry cannot make the final of the competition — Cork will meet Clare next Friday night in the decider — the game in Tipperary town is an opportunity for a number of established players to get some game-time into their legs. After all, the opening Allianz League Division 1 clash against Dublin in Croke Park is only two weeks away. Kerry will be short for that in every sense — with half a dozen starters unavailable through injury and club commitments.

Eleven of tomorrow’s match day squad were on duty last September for the All-Ireland final, and there will be more than a passing interest in the Kerins O’Rahillys double-act in midfield, with Tommy Walsh partnering David Moran. Walsh has a point to prove and some time to prove it — Anthony Maher is out after a hip operation and Bryan Sheehan is preparing for St Mary’s All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final next week.

Corner back Briain Ó Beaglaoich is a very capable footballer, and along with Podge O’Connor, Philip O’Connor, and Jamie O’Sullivan, retains his place from last Sunday’s defeat to the Banner.

Kerry SF (McGrath Cup v Tipperary):

B Kealy; B Ó Beaglaoich, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; P Murphy, K Young (captain), P O’Connor (Legion); D Moran, T Walsh; P O’Connor (Cordal), J Buckley, J O’Sullivan (Legion); B J Keane, A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory), S O’Brien.


B Kelly, J Lyne, T O’Sullivan (Dingle), P O’Sullivan (Valentia), W Guthrie (Austin Stacks), C Cox (Listowel).

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